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Now that the temperatures are (generally) up and the sun’s making a longer daytime appearance, taking care of our skin is highly critical. With the best will in the world and the strongest SPF cream, accidents can still happen and we can get burnt.
Sunburn can be very uncomfortable, especially when you’re trying to sleep at night. So join us as we explore some of the essential oils that can help you restore your skin to health as quickly as possible.
Carrot seed essential oil
Rich in antioxidants and brilliant at moisturising your skin, carrot seed essential oil is a vital tool in your summertime kit. It contains carotene and therefore can calm down the sensations of sunburn and even out any discolourations you might have noticed now that you’re out of the sun. Try mixing a few drops in with some aloe vera gel and applying it to the affected area for instant soothing and lasting moisturisation.
Helichrysum essential oil
Helichrysum essential oil is derived from a plant that’s known for its medicinal properties and contains antifungal and antimicrobial properties, making it a great asset for soothing sunburned skin during warmer weather. As with carrot seed, helichrysum essential oil mixes really well with aloe vera gel to make an at-home natural after-sun remedy that hydrates sun-damaged skin and assists cell renewal and growth.
Myrrh essential oil
Derived from a thorny shrub often found in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, myrrh has long been celebrated for its abilities to help heal all manner of complaints and conditions. In fact, in ancient Egypt, it was used as a natural sunscreen to limit damage and even promote a healthy tan. Nowadays, we use myrrh to help treat the flaky, dry and itchy skin that so often comes part and parcel with sun damage. Try blending a few drops of myrrh with a single drop of peppermint oil and an ounce of coconut oil to create a cooling, soothing at-home lotion that can be used all over your body.
Rose essential oil
The delicious perfume of rose essential oil has so many uses, but few people realise just how helpful it can be in restoring sun-damaged skin to its former healthy glory. Rose is exceptionally useful at making skin more permeable, meaning it can absorb other healing nutrients you choose to use on your sun-damaged skin. Blended with a couple of drops of helichrysum essential oil and added to a bottle of distilled water, rose can help to create a cooling facial and body mist that will keep you comfortable when the mercury rises. Rose oil is also revered for its anti-inflammatory properties which can help to calm down patches of irritated skin.
Don’t leave without your oils
So if you’re planning on hitting the beach this summer or you’re bound for exotic locations, make sure you pack some essential oils in your kit so that you can protect your skin, cool yourself down and even treat painful patches of sunburn if you’re unlucky enough to be afflicted.